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Everett H. Lowman D’38 died Oct. 25, 2007, in Charlotte, N.C. He was a United Methodist minister who served for 37 years in the Western North Carolina Conference. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Eunice Drum Lowman. Surviving are two sons, a daughter, six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Howard C. Wilkinson D’42 died Dec. 26, 2007, in Durham, N.C. A member of the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, he served several parishes and later as chaplain to Duke University, minister in charge of the Duke University Chapel, and president of Greensboro College. He received the 2002 Distinguished Alumnus Award from Duke Divinity School. He is survived by his wife, Juanita Wilkinson, four children and a granddaughter.

Carl W. Judy D’43 died Jan. 3, 2008, in Winston-Salem, N.C. A United Methodist minister in the Western North Carolina Conference, he served several parishes prior to serving as a missionary in Korea. There he helped to start and sustain more than 200 churches, a hospital, and a leper colony school and clinic. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Brannan Judy, four children, including K. Wesley Judy D’70, and six grandchildren.

Melton E. Harbin D’48 died Aug. 10, 2007, in Waynesville, N.C. He served United Methodist parishes and districts in the Western North Carolina Conference, and he retired in 1985 following eight years as director of the Lake Junaluska Methodist Assembly. His wife of 67 years, Hilda Hutcherson Harbin, and a daughter survive him.

Driftwood H. Rucker D’49 died Dec. 10, 2007, in Pensacola, Fla. A veteran of the U.S. Army who served in Normandy, France, during World War II, he was a retired United Methodist pastor from the Alabama-West Florida Conference. Survivors include Bernice Jernigan Rucker, his wife of 62 years, two sons and a grandson.

Kenneth D. Crouse D’50 died Jan. 18, 2008, in Asheboro, N.C. He was a United Methodist pastor who served 41 years across the Western North Carolina Conference.

Ralph I. Epps D’50 died Jan. 3, 2008, in Edenton, N.C. He was a United Methodist minister who served parishes across the North Carolina Conference. Duke Divinity School’s 2005 Distinguished Alumnus, he was a veteran of World War II, a small-town pastor, and a tireless volunteer for humanitarian causes. He is survived by his wife, Pat Windley Epps, a son, two daughters and grandchildren.

David W. Charlton Jr. D’51 died Feb. 22, 2008, in The Villages, Fla. He was a United Methodist pastor who served in the Western North Carolina and Virginia Conferences. He is survived by his wife, Karin Charlton, a son, two daughters and three grandchildren.

Charles E. Johnson D’55 died Dec. 31, 2007, in Asheville, N.C. A front-line ambulance driver with the American Field Service in the European theater of World War II, he later became a home missions minister of the Presbyterian Church. He organized and built a church in Cary, N.C., served as chaplain to Presbyterian students at Duke University, as an assistant professor at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian College, and as a chaplain with schools and hospitals in Asheville before and after formal retirement. He is survived by his wife, Jean Protheroe Johnson, three sons, a daughter and several grandchildren.

John L. McWhorter T’48, D’55 died Dec. 25, 2007, in Charlotte, N.C. He was a United Methodist pastor and administrator who served across the Western North Carolina Conference. His wife, Sara Grubbs McWhorter, a son and a daughter survive him.

Larry D. Wilkinson D’61 died Feb. 4, 2008, in Waynesville, N.C. A United Methodist minister in the Western North Carolina Conference, he served a variety of parishes and as a district superintendent. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Ann Gillis Wilkinson, a son, two daughters and six grandchildren.

John Durkovich D’63 died Nov. 26, 2007, in Newport News, Va. He served 52 years as a United Methodist pastor in the Virginia Conference and as chief of chaplains at the Veterans Hospital in Northport, N.Y. He is survived by his wife, Betty Lawrence Durkovich, a son, two daughters and five grandchildren.

Fred A. Carlisle D’64 died Dec. 31, 2007, in Concord, N.C. A U.S. Army veteran, he was a United Methodist pastor who served in the Western North Carolina Conference and as a self-employed accountant and stockbroker. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Carlisle, eight children, 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Joseph W. Brookshire D’73 died Jan. 19, 2008, in Franklin Springs, Ga. He was a Pentecostal Holiness pastor and professor of Christian Ministries at Emmanuel College. He is survived by his wife, Ruth A. Brookshire, two sons, a daughter and grandchildren.

Paul D. Granger D’77 died May 30, 2007, in Fayetteville, N.C. His wife, Myrna Granger, four children, and 10 grandchildren survive him.

Carleton D. Peterson D’85 died Dec. 6, 2007, in Eagan, Minn. He was a pastor with the Evangelical Covenant Church who served with parishes in Bellingham, Wash., and Eagan, Minn. He was a board member at North Park University. His wife, Judy Peterson, and six children survive him.

Kerwyn Thomas D’00 died Jan. 30, 2008, in his native Trinidad. Over several years he was a faithful parishioner at Union Baptist Church and a chemist working in the Research Triangle Park while earning a law degree at N.C. Central University. He is survived by his mother, grandmother, sisters and uncles.

Clark M. Rivinoja D’06 died March 13, 2008, in Hobbs, N.M. He worked in medical research at Duke University Medical Center, and was preparing to begin doctoral studies in cognitive psychology. He is survived by his parents and his fiancée.